The largest disabled event of its kind and one of USA Hockey's most most significant events each season, the USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Festival provides a fun and exciting weekend of hockey in a grand event while also promoting and growing disabled hockey throughout the country.
The event, which takes place in a different part of the country each year, brings together all six disabled hockey disciplines, including blind hockey, deaf/hard of hearing hockey, sled hockey, special hockey, standing/amputee hockey and warrior hockey.
Last year, the 2018 Toyota-USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Festival was spread across two weekends for the first time to accommodate a record 128 teams and nearly 1,700 players. Streamed live on HockeyTV, the first weekend of the Festival ran April 5-8 and featured four of USA Hockey's disabled hockey disciplines, including blind, deaf/hard of hearing, special and Warrior. The Festival concluded the following weekend (April 12-15) with sled hockey, including the USA Hockey Sled Hockey National Championship.
In total, the historic 14th edition of the event saw 1,657 players and 124 teams take part in 230 games. Additionally, 28 states and a total of three countries were represented in the event.
The USA Hockey Disabled Festival has grown over the years into a huge success. Because of that success, the USA Hockey Disabled Section has approved a bid process for the selection of future festivals. The process is as follows: